Monday, July 25, 2016 Tammuz 19, 5776

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Israel represents a sizable business opportunity for private American military contractors, although getting a foot in the door, and then navigating the tangle of bureaucracy and regulations, can sometimes be a challenge, according to several speakers at the "U.S./Israel Defense Business Forum." "You can't just knock on the door and get a meeting," warned panelist Elliot Dater, a former counsel...
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A few hundred people gathered in Philadelphia's Love Park on an overcast and soggy afternoon last week to show their solidarity with Israel, especially in the wake of stepped-up rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and, most recently, the killing of eight yeshiva students in Jerusalem. Before the speakers even took to the podium, a number of people, many of...
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With the Center City building that housed the Israeli Consulate slated to be converted into residences, the office and its staff have picked up and moved to a temporary location, with the hope of settling into a permanent home some time this summer. Last week, the consulate packed up and moved from its office on South 15th Street -- where...
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Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said that American efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table have often resulted in a reduction in violence, even if a lasting peace has proved elusive. "I think what we did in the '90s was beneficial in a strategic way and led to a period where, at times, there were no attacks being...
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Before heading out on a congressional trip that includes stops in Iraq and Israel, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- the presumptive Republican presidential nominee -- made two appearances in the area to raise both funds and his political profile, especially since media attention remains glued on his two Democratic rivals who've been determinedly wooing voters in the Keystone state...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. After 10 years as a staff writer, he now occasionally freelances for the Exponent. He writes about trends in politics, religion and spirituality, philanthropy and sometimes dabbles in sports and the arts. 
 
He has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Jewish American Press Association and other organizations.
 
A native New Yorker, he earned a master’s degree in modern Jewish history and literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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